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Hey, pet owners: Protect your furry friend from these common holiday-related risks

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BREA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — When it comes to celebrating the holidays at home, many of the things that make the season merry and bright for humans may present potential dangers to our four-legged family members. Dogs may dig into the wrapped box of chocolates placed under the Christmas tree. Curious cats may try (and fail) to scale the towering tree. With so many twinkling and tasty temptations around every corner, ingestions and accidents can lead to unplanned veterinary visits.

Nationwide®, the first and largest provider of pet health insurance in the U.S., analyzed its database of insured pets and released its most common claims for medical conditions that can carry an elevated risk during the holidays.

  • Chocolate & caffeine toxicity – Chocolate is toxic for pets. The increased holiday indulgence among people shows up in pets with 21% of Nationwide's yearly chocolate toxicity claims showing treatment dates in December.
  • Ingestion of foreign objects – Holiday tinsel, gift wrap, and ribbon are common objects often swallowed by curious pets this time of year and, when ingested, the long shape of each item causes dangerous complications.
  • Poisoning from plant-based items – Seasonal favorites such as lilies, mistletoe, holly, holly berries or pine needles from the Christmas tree present various levels of toxicity. Onions, garlic, raisins, some nuts and marijuana/CBD edibles are also dangerous for pets and may result in serious illnesses.
  • Vomiting & diarrhea – Vomiting and diarrhea may be stress-induced conditions that often manifest around large, busy holiday gatherings. Increased consumption of table scraps featuring rich or fatty foods or drinking chemically-treated water from the Christmas tree stand may also lead to gastrointestinal conditions including pancreatitis, which can be very dangerous and costly to treat.
  • Burns & electric shock – Chewing holiday lighting or electrical cords can lead to electrical shock injuries or burns that may be life-threatening.
  • Lacerations – Broken bulbs or ornaments can result in cuts on paws and mouths. Lacerations may also occur from altercations with unfamiliar dogs or cats that may be visiting during the holidays.

“Festive food and décor should be enjoyed this time of year but a little extra vigilance on the part of pet owners can go a long way to making sure the holidays are safe and happy for everyone in the family,” said Dr. Jules Benson, Nationwide's Chief Veterinary Officer. “We've needed the companionship of our pets more than ever this year but resist those begging faces and avoid sharing table scraps or leftovers! I won't pretend your  pets will thank you for it, but a holiday without a trip to the vet is even more desirable in 2020!”

The costliest conditions to treat from the list above are related to ingestion of items that are not intended to be eaten. Among Nationwide-insured dogs and cats, the average cost to remove a foreign object lodged in the intestine is $2,112 per pet and treatment of a foreign object in the stomach follows at an average of $959 per pet. On the low end of the expense spectrum, treatment of diarrhea and burns come in at an average cost of $226 and $213 per pet, respectively. With Nationwide pet insurance, eligible veterinary expenses may be reimbursed up to 90% based on the member's chosen coverage.

About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 880,000 insured pets, Nationwide is the first and largest provider of pet health insurance in the United States. Nationwide pet health insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2019); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2019). Agency of Record: DVM Insurance Agency.  Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor's. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. © 2020.

CONTACT:
Karen Davis
(614) 249-6349
[email protected]

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CIFI issues US$419 million senior notes at a coupon rate of 4.375% with a 6.25-year maturity

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  • Hit the record for the longest maturity period and the lowest coupon rate of the Group’s offshore bond issuance
  • Optimize the Group’s financing costs and extend debts duration

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 6 January 2021 – CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd. (“CIFI” or the “Group”, HKEx stock code: 884), a leading real estate developer and investor in first-, second- and robust third-tier cities in China, is pleased to announce that CIFI successfully issues senior notes with an aggregate principal amount of US$419 million. The senior notes are at a coupon rate of 4.375% and yield of 4.4% with a 6.25-year maturity period, which hit the record for the longest maturity period and the lowest coupon rate of the Group’s offshore bond issuance.

 

The issue attracts enthusiastic response, with total orders at peak time exceeding US$4.8 billion, which was over 11 times of the total issue size. 82% of total issuance is allocated to Asian investors, while the remaining 18% is allocated to European investors. The final allocation to institutional investors is 72%, which consists of world-renowned and large-scale asset management companies and long-term investors. The subscription results and market response reflect the high recognition of CIFI by the investors in the capital market. The proceeds of the note will be used for re-financing of the Group’s existing indebtedness.

 

Credit Suisse, Haitong International, HSBC, J.P. Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank are the joint global coordinators, while Credit Suisse, Haitong International, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank, The Bank of East Asia, Limited, BOSC International, China CITIC Bank International and Yue Xiu Securities are the joint bookrunners and joint lead managers of the issuance.

 

Mr. Lin Zhong, Chairman of CIFI, said “We are pleased to see the strong demand for the notes issue. The issue hits the Group’s record for the longest maturity period and the lowest coupon rate of the offshore bond issuance, and it reflects investors’ recognition and support of business prospects of CIFI. The Group will continue to implement prudent financial management and build long-term investment value.”

 

About CIFI (Group):

Headquartered in Shanghai, CIFI is one of China’s top real estate developers. CIFI principally focuses on developing high-quality properties in first-, second- and select third-tier cities in China. CIFI develops various types of properties, including residential buildings, offices and commercial complexes.

 

To learn more about the Company, please visit CIFI’s website at: http://www.cifi.com.cn

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Samsung Electronics Appoints New President & CEO for Southeast Asia & Oceania

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A Samsung veteran with over three decades of experience, Mr. Sangho Jo most recently led Samsung Electronics Europe and has returned to the Southeast Asia & Oceania region

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the appointment of Mr. Sangho Jo as President and CEO of Southeast Asia & Oceania. 



A proven Samsung leader with over three decades of experience across business groups and geographies, Mr. Jo will steer the strategic growth directions of Samsung Electronics in Southeast Asia & Oceania.

 

Markets in Southeast Asia & Oceania are integral to Samsung Electronics’ long-term growth plans, with the region poised to sustain its rapid economic growth into the next decade, built on the digital ambitions of its cities, industries and communities. Mr. Jo will guide the business towards cementing its industry leadership and seizing long-term growth opportunities in this region by forging partnerships, creating operational excellence, and ultimately, building brand trust amongst consumers and enterprises.

 

He was most recently appointed President and CEO for Samsung Electronics in Europe, where he led the business to achieve sustainable commercial growth and brand favourability in 2020. In the past decade, Mr. Jo has served as President in the following markets: Samsung Electronics Germany (2019), United Kingdom (2015 — 2017), Sweden (2012 — 2014), Austria (2011), Baltic countries (2009 — 2010), and also served as Head of Visual Display business for Samsung Europe based in South Korea (2017 — 2018). 

Mr. Jo is not new to the Southeast Asia & Oceania region, having worked in Samsung Electronics Singapore (1997), Vietnam (1998 — 2000) and Malaysia (2007 — 2008). He said: “I am pleased to return to Southeast Asia and Oceania, and lead one of the vibrant leading hubs for Samsung Electronics globally. I look forward to strengthening the strong relationships we have built with our partners and customers here and explore exciting new consumer and commercial partnerships, steering Samsung into the next stage of growth in the region.”  

 

“In an era defined by rapid digital disruptions, we are committed to empowering the digital ambitions of nations, industries and communities in Southeast Asia and Oceania, and to help fulfil the potential of the people here through next-generation technologies,” he added.  

 

  

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com

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HKGSEO Provides Free Website SEO Analysis and Consulting Services

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – The COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for nearly a year. The sharp fall in the street traffic has been affecting core shopping districts everywhere. In addition, under the “Anti-epidemic Fund”, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) launched the ” Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme subsidy. Increasing number of large and medium-sized enterprises have turned to the online market, setting up websites and opening online shops, in an effort to open up online sales channels to recover some of their businesses during the epidemic.

 

As many companies are not familiar with website technology, website optimization and SEO promotion are often ignored. In fact, SEO is one of the highest ROI of many online marketing channels and it is worthy of a long-term investment.

 

HKGSEO has performed SEO for more than 500 enterprises, with the SEO process bringing considerable traffic and sales to the companies. Leveraging on their years of experience, they now provide free website analysis (worth HK$2,000) for all content types. Here are some website analysis projects HKGSEO has engaged in:

 

CMS Web Content Management System

 

We recommend using the most popular CMS in the market to build a website. Well-known CMS such as WordPress, Wix, Shopline, and Shopify will make it easier to manage web content and make the website easier to crawl and index by search engines.

 

HKGSEO hence cautions against web design companies that use their own CMS. Generally speaking, these websites are not SEO friendly. For example, they might have undesirable attributes such as duplicate page titles, dynamic URLs, or category pages that cannot update new content, etc. These attributes are disadvantageous to implementing SEO plans, which ultimately leads to the redesigning of the entire website, resulting in a much higher cost.

 

SSL Website Security Certificate

 

If your website does not have an SSL certificate (HTTPS) installed, it will be marked as an insecure website by the browser, which will adversely affect the credibility and conversion rate. SSL should be installed immediately to protect customer information, especially for e-commerce websites. There are some free SSLs available on the market, such as Let’s Encrypt, with paid premium certificates recommendation by online shops.

 

Mobile Version of The Website

 

The latest personal computer and Internet penetration survey published by the Census and Statistics Department shows that more than 5.97 million people in Hong Kong have mobile phones, and 99.7% of the users access the Internet on smartphones, higher than those connected to computers or other devices. Besides, Google has launched the Mobile-First Indexing mobile version of content priority indexing. If your website does not have a mobile version, the ranking will be poor and a lot of traffic will be lost.

 

Website Loading Speed

 

According to research, more than 68% of viewers will leave a website when it takes more than 3 seconds to open. The main reason for the slow loading is the use of shared hosting or non-local hosting. Switching to local hosting, SSD or CDN can effectively improve the loading speed.

 

Website Content

 

Is the website content of high quality? Does it answer the questions of potential consumers? To build up the content, some corporate websites have piled up keywords, and some have published blog articles regularly. However the content of the articles is sometimes plagiarized from news media. Plagiarism makes search engines recognize the overall website quality as low, which will in turn affect the ranking.

 

Websites and online shops are platforms that promote businesses. An optimized website will reward twice the results with half the effort of both online and offline marketing campaigns combined.

 

Please log onto www.hkgseo.com, fill in the website, email and contact number, and our network promotion experts will reply within one working day and arrange a free SEO analysis and consultation.

 

About HKGSEO

HKGSEO focuses on website SEO services. It is founded and operated by former Google employees. The company is based in Hong Kong and has branches in Shenzhen, Singapore and Australia. It is committed to providing affordable, one-stop digital marketing solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises. Digital marketing solutions include: SEO, SEM, social media promotion and web design, etc.

 

Website (Chinese):www.hkgseo.com

Website (English):www.hkgdigital.com

Email:[email protected]

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